Club legend Alan Shearer has slated Newcastle in the aftermath of our shocking 3-0 defeat at home to Brighton yesterday.
We were outplayed for the entire 90 minutes at St James’ Park yesterday and despite praising our performance following our 2-0 win at West Ham on the opening day, our record goal scorer was pulling no punches on MOTD2 last night.
Not only does he slate our ‘dreadful’ start, he hits the nail on the head in saying we actually got worse, not better, with it being totally unacceptable the way we let our heads drop, allowed frustration to take over early on and never ever looked likely to get back into the game with ZERO shots on target.
Here is what Shearer said in full about the result and diabolical performance:
“They were dreadful.
“There’s been so much positivity flying around Newcastle, and rightly so because of their performance last weekend against West Ham – it had energy, they started the game well, they were a threat going forward but there was none of that today.
“They started the game dreadfully – they got worse actually, and now there will be a lot of criticism flying around and rightfully so.
“Brighton were much the better team, and in every single position Brighton were better.”
Nobody can argue with Shearer, with our performance being the worst I’ve seen Newcastle ply for a long, long time – and there’s been plenty shockers!
As a passionate supporter of our club, his reaction on MOTD2 was likely a PC version of his true feeling at the full-time whistle. You only had to look on social media to gauge exactly what Toon fans were thinking at around 3:45 yesterday afternoon!
That said, some may not agree with Shearer’s assessment of Yves Bissouma’s late red, with the former NUFC no.9 feeling it was ‘harsh’:
He didn’t mean to do any harm to Lewis, but for me it was incredibly reckless and dangerous play that was worthy of a red card given the damage it may have done to our new boy’s eye!
A tricky test to Spurs is next in the league but defeat to Brighton means that our clash with Burnley at St James’ Park on October 3 could already be billed as a “must-win” for Steve Bruce.